Let us guess; you’re searching for information about your home’s seamless gutters? Or, perhaps you are in need of a company to replace your seamless gutters “Near me,” right?
Here at Top Dog Home Pro of Woodbridge, VA, and the surrounding areas, we have a motto that “Near Me” is always near us!
Now that being said, we also like to help homeowners – regardless of where you live – learn and understand how seamless gutters work, why keeping your rain gutters in tip-top shape is vital for your home and other common rain gutter tidbits!
First, what are seamless gutters?
Seamless gutters are exactly what the name says – seamless.
Custom-made on-site, aluminum seamless gutters are customized per each section of your home to give the perfect fit for stormwater management. A reputable gutter company will share with you that while gutter material can vary – most homeowners will use aluminum.
In most cases, what you are used to seeing are K-style gutters aluminum gutter systems and these are often the best bet for replacing existing gutters.
Why should you always use seamless gutters?
Since seamless gutters are measured on-site, they fit the precise measurements of any area where your home’s exterior needs gutters. Most major problems with gutters start with leaking, followed by clogged downspouts or lack of cleaning.
Very few people use sectional gutters, but if you happen to have them, you will want to consider getting a free quote to replace them since they are not durable. Sectional gutters are prone to leaks and other issues.
The longevity and life expectancy of your seamless gutter will outlast sectional gutters with proper care and maintenance or gutter guards.
Pros to seamless gutters:
- Multiple colors
What happens if you don’t use gutters?
Gutters are designed to protect your siding, foundation, and home. The amount of rain your roof collects during a storm is quite shocking, and all of this rainwater is channeled to your gutters and then down the downspouts.
To put it simply, when this process is compromised or interrupted, the water can cause leaks or foundation issues. You can learn more about gutter system issues here.
Gutter Cleaning & Gutter Guards
Keeping your gutters clean and free-flowing is essential to their performance. Most people fail to complete regular maintenance, which can impact your gutter system no matter the quality of their installation.
Option one is to clean your gutter system each fall regularly. You can hire a gutter cleaning business to do this or grab your ladder and do it yourself (we recommend neither).
We recommend you have a gutter company install gutter guards that are self-cleaning. Not all leaf guards/gutter guards are created equally, so read our article where we share the TOP RANKED gutter guards.
Similar to any investment you make – you want to protect your new gutters, which is why we recommend guarding them against leaves and debris! The upside, customized aluminum seamless gutters are not that expensive; see below!
How much do seamless gutters cost?
Want to get a price now? Top Dog Home Pro is partnered with our sister company Gutter Guru where you can use this Free Gutter Calculator Tool to get an instant gutter price! Note these prices have changed since 2020 due to aluminum price increases.
Seamless gutter costs can vary depending on several factors, but they are priced per linear foot.
On Average, homeowners should expect to pay $6 on the low end and up to $12 on the high end for seamless aluminum gutters. Factors that determine the overall costs include:
- Size of gutters: 5-inch or 6-inch
- Color selection: some premium aluminum cost more
- The total length of gutters required (a home with a hip roof requires a total gutter, for example)
- Other gutter types – from sectional to copper – can range between $3 – $25 per foot.
In total, the average you may spend on a newly outfitted home with aluminum gutters is around $1,500, with a range of $1,000 – $2,500. The price is for the materials, installation, and any warranties the contractor offers.
Ranking seamless gutter costs in the order of low to high;
- Sectional vinyl: $3 – $5 per foot
- Seamless Aluminum: $6 – $10 per foot
- Steel: $10 – $15 per foot
- Copper $15 – $25 per foot
As you can see, a new gutter system is very inexpensive when you consider its importance compared to other home improvement projects.
The pricing process is very simple, and with your free consultation, we measure your house and tell you upfront exactly how many feet of rain gutter your home’s exterior will require, than share the total for your project.
Can you install seamless gutters yourself? (No, Don’t Do It!)
As we stated earlier, seamless gutters are measured and made on-site.
You can buy sectional gutters and install them yourself – but this is not a good idea nor a good option for your home!
Seamless gutters require a professional to take the exact measurements around the home’s roof and create the seamless gutters then and there with machinery.
Since the gutter is typically a single long section of the gutter, it requires a few hands for the installation.
While you can do this task by yourself with a saw (and with the help of a few friends and maybe your next-door neighbor), it is best to leave this to the professionals to avoid any injury and since they have years of experience.
Gutter professionals like the team at Top Dog Home Pro will also:
- Mount gutters correctly with the right pitch using our water test
- Make sure we use a rain diverter if needed on your roof
- Install gutter guards
Not to mention – 70% of accidents in exterior remodeling occur because of ladders. Injuring yourself isn’t worth doing your gutters yourself!
When finding a seamless gutter contractor near you, remember “Near Me” is always close to us!
While it may be difficult for one person to install on their own, especially without the proper machinery, the professionals should measure, cut, and install your seamless gutters.
The extra bit of money for a top gutter service is worth it in the long run and helps prevent any foundational or common gutter issues.
Furthermore, the chances of your seamless gutters leaking are far less than regular gutters. Investing in seamless gutters is well worth it for a long-term solution. For more information regarding other gutter products, gutter cleaning services, and protection, see our blog below!